Page 5Shamsuddin Wahapis aninterior designer in Veritas Design Group since 1992. Veritas Design Group is amulti-disciplinary consulting firm which provides integrated architecture , planning,interior design, landscape design, quantity surveying and environmental consultingservices for innovative buildings and spaces throughout the Asian region andbeyond.INTERIOR DESIGN wasnot in Shamsuddin Wahap’s initialplan. He had always been a creativeperson. He liked to draw, paint andbuilt. He chooses architecture as acareer because of his interest in artand that architecture is a profession. He wasn’t inspired to choosearchitecture. The inspiration hit himduring his journey. His mentors andsome architects, such as Frank Lly-od Wright, have inspired him andignited the flame of passion in him.“It becomes part of yoursoul, heart and mind. Itbecomes you.” -Shamsuddin Wahap He got a scholarship to studyA-levels in New York and complet-ed Master of Architecture. Aftergraduation, he ventured into the soci-ety and work as an assistant architectin England. Due to his job require-ment, he moved around a lot andthere were little personal time left.He switched to interior design 3 yearsago. Switching profession was a verybold action but he had a lot of sup-port from his mentors in England.They had been helpful and influential “Architecture and interiordesign are not so much different”,Shamsuddin Wahap said, “It is abouthow you experience and create spac-es.” Both architects and interior de-signers work with the surroundingenvironment and applied the samethinking process. However, interi-or designing is more specific andfocus. The process for interior de-sign is also much faster because itdoesn’t require the approvals fromgovernment as architects needed.MY WORLDMY RULEShamsuddin pondered for a moment before he an-swered “I’m not conventional. I’m creattive. Ido thesame thing in different ways.” Although Shamsud-din described himself as creative, he admitted thathe repeats the same path when he is being creative.“it is a habit, a signature, like how people packtheir luggage the same way everytime”, he said.“How amI differentfromothers?”With his experience as an architect, Shamsud-din developed his own unique style when itcomes to interior design. When he was an archi-tect, he get to built a lot but he can’t do that in in-terior design because the space is limited. So he“break it into a fewdimensions”and come out with the idea of layering space. heloved to create interconnected space and fluid space.Even for his home design, he prefered a si-miliar idea. he wants a free and simple space,like an art gallery. He explained further,“If you have a lots ofpaintings, you will want alarge and simple space todisplay it.
The Man YouNever KnowDespitehis busy work life, Shamsuddin can al-ways find the time to spend on his hobbies. Fishingis one thing that he enjoyed spending time on. Just re-cently, he have been to Bosnia to fly fishing. Fly fishingis different from the regular fishing. It requires moreskills. He explained briefly about the difference be-tween fly fishing and the regular fishing. Fly fishing usesinsect bait that floats while regular fishing uses any baitthat sink. With an excited tone, he exclaimed that hecaught a trout, a kind of colourful fish. Both fly fishingand trout are something that can’t be found in Malaysia.Another thing that attracts Shamsuddin is cycling.Shamsuddin often cycle at country side or more pristineareas. He can spend days just to cycle. “It frees my mind”,Shamsuddinexplained.Thesceneriesalongthejourneyswere so beautiful that he couldn’t help but got addictedto it. The sceneries were simply inspirational. He ex-pressedhisregretforbeingunabletoshowusthepicture.Travelling has became part of Shamsuddin’s life. Duein part to his work, Shamsuddin has been travellingaround for years. However, it was not a burden to himas he enjoyed travelling. One of the most memorableplace he been to is Istanbul. The Sultan Ahmed Mosqueor more commonly known as the Blue Mosque has anespecially deep impression in Shamsuddin. He couldn’tsay anything more as his reminiscence about the fantas-tic architecture work come into his mind. The fusion ofthemodernandthepastwasonethingthatamazedhim.The concept of this fusion is also a reason for his in-terest in the renaissance buildings. The coexistingmodern and old community fascinates him. Italy, inparticular, piqued his interest. He describe these build-ings as “plain on the outside, interesting on the inside.”“plain on theoutside,interesting onthe inside.” He showed usthe photo ofhimself in theBlue MosqueAt the end, Shamsuddin is just another common man.Like everyone else, he fears. He fears of aging and that hewill grow too old to think. He fears of losing his job due toeconomy crisis or country. He fears that he have to let goof interior design one day and he is not ready for that day.
What I think?Puduraya Bus Terminal“We want tomake the wait-ing experiencemore like anevent”, he said in his in-terview for this Puduraya BusTerminal project. PudurayaBus Terminal is one of Sham-suddin’s work and one of hispride. He was asked to refur-bich the 30-year-old bus termi-nalandhegladlyacceptedit.Heis proud that he can contributeto the society and the peopleis using the bus terminal well.He has always wanted to con-tribute to the society by givingthe people more public spaces.When asked for his wish, heselflessly says that he want tohave the power to change Kua-la Lumpur. He criticized thatKuala Lumpur has too fewpublic space and public trans-port are poorly developed. Hewanted to change that aspectof Kuala Lumpur. “Even theriches in England usepublic transports”, he recalled.He would like to establish a building school here in Malaysia, fol-lowing England’s example. “We have the right exposure and under-standing but we don’t have the right people”, Shamsuddin confessed.Malaysia’s building workforce are mainly foreign labours. They donotpossestheessentialskillstoperfectthebuildingworks.“Thisisanissue as they are the one whho make things happen” he emphasized.Currently, he has no specific goal in his career. In term of work andlife, he is contented with what he has now and he just want to live inthemoment.Nevertheless,Shamsuddinsaysthathewillalwayspushhimselfformoreandnevergofortheeasycatchingeneratingideas.Written by Eugene Peng, a student
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